SwedishAmerican & UW Health Telestroke Network Pass Milestone

SwedishAmerican & UW Health Telestroke Network Pass Milestone of Treating 1,000th Patient

 

            SwedishAmerican and UW Health are marking Stroke Awareness Month by passing the milestone of treating its 1,000th patient through the Wisconsin Telestroke Network. About 700,000 people have ischemic strokes in the United States, those who aren’t treated quickly can die or have permanent brain damage.

Patients who have stroke symptoms and are brought to SwedishAmerican Hospital or SwedishAmerican Medical Center/Belvidere are able to have immediate access to the stroke neurologists at the UW Comprehensive Stroke Center. Through SwedishAmerican’s affiliation with UW Health, this allows for quick assessment and response to the medical emergency of stroke. Time is of the essence with stroke because brain cells are lost at the rate of 1.9 million neurons per minute when a stroke cuts off blow flow. The clot-busting drug, tPA can only be administered three hours of the stroke’s onset and in rare cases, four and a half hours.

Through a video system, Telestroke enables a UW stroke neurologist to directly interview patients and family members when a stroke is suspected. Computed Tomography (CT) scans are also viewable and a treatment plan recommendation is directly communicated to emergency room physicians and nurses so that care can begin immediately. Everyone in the room can see and hear the stroke neurologist during the Telestroke process.

“SwedishAmerican has a very seamless process down with our stroke neurologists at UW Health. By providing immediate assistance to suspected stroke patients, emergency room personnel are supported in a situation when time is critical. This extra level of stroke-specific knowledge enhances patient safety and facilitates treatments that lead to better outcomes,” says SwedishAmerican Stroke Center Medical Director Dr. Daniel Hutchens. “Our team works quickly with UW Health’s team to ensure the patient receives the best treatment plan possible based on his/her case. We are proud to work with UW Health and thrilled to have hit the milestone of treating our 1,000th telestroke patient.”

UW Hospital is one of the first certified comprehensive stroke centers in the country. The Joint Commission, which provides the certification, maintains strict standards for every step of a stroke patient’s care, from first radio contact with the ambulance crew through the emergency department, imaging, neurology, neurosurgery, hospital care, and rehabilitation. To meet the “comprehensive” standard, the hospital proved it was ready 24/7 to treat multiple complex stroke cases at the same time.

“We are so pleased to be able to extend the care of the UW Comprehensive Stroke Center to people in northern Illinois,’’ says Dr. Natalie Wheeler, incoming medical director of the UW telestroke program. “This is truly the ‘Wisconsin Idea’ in action. We work with our community-hospital colleagues to ensure that every patient gets the right care in the right place at the right time.”

SwedishAmerican is ranked among the top 10 percent in the nation for treatment of stroke by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. In addition, SwedishAmerican is a Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center and UW Health is a Joint Commission Comprehensive Center,  meeting the highest standards in quality and safety for recognizing and treating strokes.

 

 

About SwedishAmerican

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

13 News Today Meteorologist Morgan Kolkmeyer to join WGN in Chicago

13 News Today Meteorologist Morgan Kolkmeyer to join WGN in Chicago

 

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WREX) – 13 News Today meteorologist Morgan Kolkmeyer will be joining “WGN Morning News” in Chicago at the end of May.

 

Kolkmeyer, a Rockford-native, has served as the morning show meteorologist at 13 WREX since August 2014. She was a part of two Emmy Award-winning morning newscasts in 2015 and 2016.

 

Kolkmeyer will join WGN as a weekday meteorologist for the 4 a.m.-6 a.m.portion of WGN Morning News.

 

“Making the jump from Rockford to Chicago is a dream come true for many young journalists,” said Josh Morgan, News Director at 13 WREX. “Morgan has the talent and the drive to make this jump a success.”

 

She is a 2009 graduate of Harlem High School and a 2013 graduate of Northern Illinois University. Before joining WREX in 2014, Kolkmeyer worked for KQDS in Duluth, Minnesota. She was also an intern at 13 WREX before starting her professional career.

 

Kolkmeyer’s last day at 13 WREX will be Friday, May 26. She will start the following week at WGN.

 

 

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SwedishAmerican to Hold Caring Canines Therapy Dog Summer Auditions

Are you certified as a therapy dog team? If not, are you willing to pursue it? Would you enjoy visiting patients and staff at SwedishAmerican facilities? If you responded “yes” to these questions, you should consider having your dog become a SwedishAmerican Caring Canine.

SwedishAmerican will be holding auditions for membership on the Caring Canines therapy dog team on Thursday, June 1; Thursday, June 15 and Tuesday, June 20 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM in the conference rooms at SwedishAmerican Hospital, 1401 E. State Street (enter through the Charles Street entrance). Pre-registration is mandatory.

In addition to registration with a national therapy dog organization, SwedishAmerican has additional requirements that must be successfully completed before joining the Caring Canines team. Please contact Claudia Aschbrenner at caschbrenner@swedishamerican.org or (779) 696-2166 to learn more and to register.

 

About SwedishAmerican

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

Cornerstone Credit Union Awards Scholarships to Local Students

Cornerstone Credit Union Awards Scholarships to Local Students

 

FREEPORT, IL Cornerstone Credit Union proudly announces the recipients of their 2017 Founders’ Scholarships: Emily Diffenderfer, Orangeville High School; Heather Musser, Stockton High School; and Priscila Castillo, Sterling High School. Each will receive a $5,000 scholarship in graduated payments over four years to encourage degree completion.

“A solid education enables a solid future for our children, which is why Cornerstone Credit Union is happy to offer these scholarship awards annually,” stated Gail Clore, Cornerstone Credit Union President/CEO. “We take joy in recognizing these outstanding local students−Emily, Heather and Priscila− who have demonstrated leadership and dedication throughout their high school years and were chosen for their commitment to furthering their education and community involvement. We congratulate this year’s recipients and wish them success in their college experience and future careers,” added Clore.

Emily will be attending Highland Community College, and then transferring to a 4-year college to pursue a degree in Engineering. Heather will be attending Augustana College in Rock Island, where she will major in Communications. Priscila will be attending Sauk Valley Community College before transferring to Illinois State University to pursue a degree in Elementary Education.

Established in 1939, Cornerstone Credit Union is a full-service, not-for-profit financial cooperative with $106 million in assets, serving over 14,000 members. Cornerstone offers service centers in Freeport, South Beloit and Sterling. Membership is open to anyone living or working in the Illinois counties of Boone, Bureau, Carroll, JoDaviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago; and Rock and Green counties in Wisconsin. Visit cornerstonecu.org to learn more.

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured: Pricila Castillo, Heather Musser, and Emily Diffenderfer

 

CONTACT:   Lorna Cote, Marketing Director, phone 815-235-5855;

email lcote@cornerstonecu.org

SwedishAmerican to Celebrate its 106th Anniversary

SwedishAmerican to Celebrate its 106th Anniversary &

Host Founder’s Week Activities, June 4 – 9

 

SwedishAmerican Hospital was founded on June 6, 1911. To celebrate and honor its 106th anniversary, SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health, is hosting a week-long celebration, June 4 – 9.

On Sunday, June 4 from 1 – 4 PM, the SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center is hosting National Cancer Survivor Day, an event that is held globally on the first Sunday in June. All cancer survivors and their families are invited to join us for a special survivorship celebration at the Regional Cancer Center, 3535 North Bell School Road, Rockford.

The day will be filled with hope, inspiration and friendship and will feature a variety of activities including:

  • Write a message and hang it on our wish tree
  • Listen to the soothing sounds of a cellist and bag piper
  • Visit with our SwedishAmerican Caring Canines and SwedishAmerican’s mascot SAM the dog
  • Create special art projects
  • Partake in our monarch butterfly release
  • Hear from SwedishAmerican physician Dr. Srivani Sridhar on holistic health and Alane Curry on oncology rehab
  • Visit educational booths featuring the American Cancer Society, Styling for Pink, Pink Heals Association, Livestrong and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and more
  • Enjoy light snacks and refreshments

On Monday, June 5 at 11 AM, the Regional Cancer Center will dedicate space in the Center to all current cancer patients, survivors and their families. The space will be called Katy’s Place and will offer holistic and oncology support services from support groups to art classes to yoga and more. The space is named after Katy Stenberg, a Rockford resident and former SwedishAmerican RN who courageously fought non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and lived a remarkable 17 years cancer free. She then developed MDS in 2015 and passed away in August of 2016.

Also on Monday, SwedishAmerican will kick-off a peanut butter & jelly drive at 21 SwedishAmerican locations throughout the community. Why peanut butter and jelly? Peanut butter is a great source of protein, a shelf-stable food, and one jar of peanut butter and jelly can provide multiple meals to a child in need throughout the summer months. Donations will be accepted through Friday, June 16 and given to the Rock River Valley Food Pantry and other local pantries throughout northern Illinois.

On Tuesday, June 6, SwedishAmerican will hold its 4th annual employee wheelchair relay races from 12:00–1:00 PM near the Heart Hospital entrance. Employee teams, including two teams from senior leadership, will decorate their wheelchairs and race against each other in a fun and safe relay course. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest wheelchair team and best decorated wheelchair. Following the race, SwedishAmerican will present a check to the Rockford Park District Therapeutic Recreation Department.

Wednesday, June 7 is “Wellness Wednesday.” BetterLife Wellness is hosting a wellness fair from 7 AM – 1 PM for its employees and the community. A variety of booths will be set-up in the Heart Hospital lobby for individuals to explore.

Wednesday also kicks off our SwedishAmerican Commitment to Caring rallies, taking place throughout the day Wednesday and Thursday at the UW Health Sports Factory. Every year the organization holds these rallies where thousands of our Associates affirm their commitment to service excellence at SwedishAmerican.

On Thursday, June 8 at 10 AM in the Healing Garden, the SwedishAmerican Foundation will host a special news conference to announce the winners of its first annual Caring for the Community Grant. The Foundation will give away a total of $150,000 to not-for-profit organizations that complement the SwedishAmerican Foundation mission and vision, making the Rockford region a healthier and more secure place to live, work and raise families.

Friday, June 9, will conclude the week with the SwedishAmerican Foundation’s annual Founder’s Day picnic for employees and volunteers from 11 AM–1:30 PM under the Big Top near Camelot Tower. The picnic is hosted by the SwedishAmerican Foundation.

Lastly, SwedishAmerican is hosting its annual Employee Service Award Banquet on Friday at the UW Health Sports Factory. Hundreds of employees will attend and enjoy dinner and entertainment. Winners will be announced for the Dr. Henry C. Anderson Quality Award, an award to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to improving healthcare quality. The award, bearing Dr. Anderson’s name, reflects the values he brought to our organization: a commitment to excellence; sound judgment; principled leadership; and exceptional integrity. A winner also will be announced for the first annual Dr. Bill Gorski Mission Award, an award to honor a SwedishAmerican associate who has lived out SwedishAmerican’s mission by providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community.

For more information on SwedishAmerican’s Founder’s Week, please contact Public Relations/Community Engagement Specialist Katryna Kirby at (779) 696-4340.

SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center to Host National Cancer Survivor Day Event

SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center to Host National Cancer Survivor Day Event, June 4

 

            SwedishAmerican’s Regional Cancer Center’s mission is to provide compassionate, supportive, comprehensive cancer care for our community. The Center does just that and is honored to host National Cancer Survivor Day, an event that is held globally on the first Sunday in June. All cancer survivors and their families are invited to join us for a special survivorship celebration on Sunday, June 4 from 1 – 4 PM at the Regional Cancer Center, 3535 North Bell School Road, Rockford.

The day will be filled with hope, inspiration and friendship and will feature a variety of activities including:

  • Write a message and hang it on our wish tree
  • Listen to the soothing sounds of a cellist and bag piper
  • Visit with our SwedishAmerican Caring Canines and SwedishAmerican’s mascot SAM the dog
  • Create special art projects
  • Partake in our monarch butterfly release
  • Hear from SwedishAmerican physician Dr. Srivani Sridhar on holistic health and Alane Curry on oncology rehab
  • Visit educational booths featuring the American Cancer Society, Styling for Pink, Pink Heals Association, Livestrong and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and more
  • Enjoy light snacks and refreshments

 

“The event is geared towards the whole family, to celebrate their loved ones survivorship and visit with others who went through the same journey as they did,” said SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center Director Diane Scoville. “Battling cancer is one of the hardest things one will go through in a lifetime so we look forward to this event and celebrating those whose lives have been touched by cancer.”

For more information on SwedishAmerican’s Regional Cancer Center Survivor Day event, call (779) 696-9400.

 

 

About SwedishAmerican

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

Savant Capital Management CEO is a Sought-After Speaker

Savant Capital Management CEO is Sought-After Speaker on

Business Succession Planning and M&A for Financial Advisory Firms

Brodeski Speaks at Barron’s and Forbes Events

 

ROCKFORD, IL (May 4, 2017) – Following the successful acquisition and integration of five financial advisory firms during the past five years,Savant Capital Management CEO Brent Brodeski has become a recognized thought leader and sought-after speaker in the area of business succession planning and mergers and acquisitions for the RIA industry.

 

Headquartered in Rockford, IL, with 12 offices in three states, Savant, a nationally recognized wealth management firm, recently hit another important milestone in the firm’s 30-year history by reaching $5 billion in assets under management (AUM). Savant set a goal to achieve $5 billion in AUM 10 years ago, when the firm reached the $1 billion milestone. The firm accomplished that goal by growing 400 percent over the past 10 years.

 

Additionally, Brodeski led the initiative to raise more than $50 million plus additional future capital commitments to address shareholder liquidity needs and create a capital structure and investor group to support future M&A opportunities.  The new capital structure positions the firm to remain independent now, and into the future.

 

Those accomplishments have further put Savant and Brodeski on national radar as a leading authority for RIAs seeking to grow or to acquire/merge or become acquired.

 

Recently, Brodeski shared his insight when he spoke at the Barron’s Top Independent Advisors Summit and the Forbes-SHOOK Top Advisor Summit. Both are exclusive, invitation-only events for the nation’s top independent financial advisors and industry leaders.

 

On March 16, Brodeski co-facilitated the “Succession Planning and M&A” session at the Forbes-SHOOK Top Advisor Summit at the Wynn in Las Vegas, NV. He spoke about the challenges and opportunities related to positioning advisory firms for future success and growth, the drivers of firm valuation, how to obtain good terms in a sale transaction and how to assure that owners of advisory firms optimally protect their investment and also protect their clients and team.

 

He also participated in a panel discussion during the “Succession, Continuity Planning and Next Generation Talent” session at the Barron’sTop Independent Advisors Summit on March 23 at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, FL. He spoke about key trends in advisory firm M&A, how to pick the best outside capital partner, creating a great company culture, scaling business to greater profits, and human capital strategies designed to build firm value and provide an advisory firm with long-term viability.

 

Savant employs more than 145 team members. Headquartered in Rockford, IL, Savant also has offices in the following locations: Chicago, IL; Freeport, IL; Geneva, IL; Hoffman Estates, IL; Naperville, IL; Peoria, IL; Sterling, IL; Wilmette, IL; McLean, VA; Madison, WI; and Park Falls, WI. For more information, visit savantcapital.com.

 

About Savant Capital Management

Savant Capital Management is a leading independent, nationally-recognized, fee-only firm, serving clients for 30 years with $5 billion in assets under management. As a trusted advisor, Savant Capital Management offers investment management, financial planning, retirement plan and family office services to financially established individuals and institutions. Savant also offers corporate accounting, tax preparation, payroll and consulting through its affiliate, Savant Tax & Consulting.

 

Savant is regularly recognized among the top wealth managers in the United States. Savant was the recipient of the 2015 Best-in-Business IMPACT Award™, part of Schwab’s IMPACT Awards® program to recognize excellence in the business of independent financial advice. Savant has consistently received other industry recognitions including recently being included on the Forbes top 200 financial advisors list, the Barron’s top 20 independent advisory firms list, being named the #9 rated RIA firm byFinancial Planning magazine, and included in additional top advisors lists byFinancial Advisor magazine and InvestmentNews.

 

Savant Capital Management is a Registered Investment Advisor. Savant’s marketing material should not be construed by any existing or prospective client as a guarantee that they will experience a certain level of results if they engage Savant’s services and may include lists or rankings published by magazines and other sources which are generally based exclusively on information prepared and submitted by the recognized advisor. For more information about Savant or to view our Important Disclosures, go to www.savantcapital.com.

 

Savant Capital Management and its employees are independent of and are not employees or agents of Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (“Schwab”). Schwab does not prepare, verify or endorse information distributed by Savant Capital Management. The Best-in-Business IMPACT Award™ is not an endorsement, testimonial endorsement, recommendation or referral to Savant Capital Management with respect to its investment advisory and other services.

Blackhawk Appoints Woyner Human Resources VP

BLACKHAWK APPOINTS WOYNER HUMAN RESOURCES VP

May 3, 2017 (Beloit, WI and Rockford, IL) – Jeanine Woyner has joined Blackhawk Bank as Vice President, Human Resources.  With over 16 years of experience in employee relations, labor law compliance, organizational development, and strategic initiatives, Jeanine has been at the forefront of Human Resource initiatives that have promoted organizational growth and has a proven success rate of decreasing staff turnover, while improving the overall employee recruitment process.

Woyner earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Human Resource Management from Columbia College in Missouri.  She grew up in a banking family and has several years of experience in the financial industry.  In her role at Blackhawk Bank, her emphasis will be on employee engagement and support of the Blackhawk Bank staff members.

Blackhawk Bank has served individuals, families and business owners since 1881.  The Bank operates seven full service banking centers in Rockford, Belvidere, Machesney Park and Roscoe, Illinois, and in Beloit, Wisconsin.  The Bank operates a Mortgage Processing Center in Rockford, Illinois and recently announced plans to open a full service banking center later this year in Janesville, Wisconsin. Complete information about Blackhawk Bank can be found at www.blackhawkbank.com.